cucumber tree

cucumber tree

noun
1.
any of several American magnolias, especially Magnolia acuminata, having ovate leaves, yellowish-green bell-shaped flowers, and dark red, conelike fruit.
2.
any of certain other trees, as an East Indian tree of the genus Averrhoa.

Origin:
1775–85, Americanism; so called from the resemblance of its fruit to cucumbers

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cucumber tree
 
n
1.  any of several American trees or shrubs of the genus Magnolia, esp M. acuminata, of E and central North America, having cup-shaped greenish flowers and cucumber-shaped fruits
2.  See also carambola an E Asian tree, Averrhoa bilimbi, with edible fruits resembling small cucumbers: family Averrhoaceae

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